Thursday 11 September 2014

NGOs and Social Justice in Africa Colloquium Programme

Here is the programme for our upcoming NGOs and Social Justice in Africa Colloquium. The event will be held at the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) at Rhodes University. For more information, contact Sally Matthews at 

Saturday 27 September
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, ELRC building

9:00 – 9:30
Arrival and Tea
9:30 – 10:00
Welcome and announcements
10:00 – 11:00
Can NGOs play an emancipatory role in contemporary Africa?
Firoze Manji 
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
Navigating the Pitfalls of State Democracy: thinking NGOs from an emancipatory perspective
Michael Neocosmos
12:30 – 13:30
Humanitarianism & Emancipation: Lessons from Occupied Palestine
Irene Calis
13:30 – 14:15
14:15 – 15:15
Infiltration and Instigation: How white suburban activists act out left politics on black bodies
Koketso Moeti
15:15 – 16:15
‘Social Justice’ in the time of neo-apartheid constitutionalism: Assimilationist or decolonial?
Tshepo Madlingozi
16:15  – 16:30
16:30 – 17:30
Black liberation and the notion 'social justice' in South Africa
Thapelo Tselapedi and Bongani Nyoka
Colloquium Dinner (speakers only)

Sunday 28 September
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, ELRC building

9:00 – 10:00
NGOs and rural movements in contemporary South Africa
Kirk Helliker
10:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:30
The role of NGOs in democratising rural local governance in South Africa: case studies from the former Xhalanga District, Eastern Cape
Lungisile Ntsebeza and Fani Ncapayi
11:30 – 12:30
On Using Service Delivery as a launch pad into Advocacy
Ashley Westaway
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
The Obscure Anatomy of the NGO Sector
Injairu Kulundu
14:30 – 15:30
Acting from an emancipatory perspective: the Khulumani experience
Marjorie Jobson
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:00
Towards transformative NGOs: dilemmas, possibilities, unity & struggle
Mazibuko Jara
Closing drinks and light snacks

Thinking Africa is a project of the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. Thinking Africa integrates teaching and research on Africa in the Department with an aim to encourage both teaching-led research and research-led teaching. We hold annual colloquiums on a range of topics relevant to Africa. Previous colloquiums have discussed the legacy of Frantz Fanon, the idea of Ubuntu, and the work of V-Y Mudimbe. For more information on the colloquium, contact Sally Matthews, at

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